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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: Nov. 21, 2006

College Also Leader in Transferring Latino Students to UC

For the 16th consecutive year, Santa Monica College held on to its No. 1 position in transfer of students to the prestigious University of California system in 2005-06.

It was also the leader in transfers to the UC-California State University systems combined, as well as the No. 1 transfer school for Latinos to the UC system.

SMC sent 903 students to UC campuses in 2005-06, far outpacing other schools, with the No. 2 feeder, De Anza College in the San Francisco Bay Area, with 656, and Santa Barbara City College, with 581.

“We attract students who work hard and focus on transfer and we provide the instruction and counsel necessary to get our students into top-notch colleges and universities,” said Dan Nannini, SMC Transfer Center coordinator.

In addition, SMC’s:

• Transfers of Latinos to UC totaled 109, compared to the next highest, 98, by Riverside College. Transfers of African American students to UC totaled 20, one fewer than the No. 1 campus, De Anza.

• Transfers to the Cal State system increased from 1,256 to 1,266, an historically high number that pushed SMC into third place from sixth place the previous year.

• Combined UC-CSU transfers totaled 2,169, keeping SMC in the No. 1 spot, ahead of De Anza’s 1,936 total.

• The transfer figure to the University of Southern California for Fall 2006 was 180, up from last year’s 163. SMC far outdistanced other transfer institutions, with the No. 2 feeder, Pasadena City College, sending 74 students to USC. SMC has long been the leader in transfers to the highly regarded private university.

• Transfer to schools throughout the United States continues to be strong, with SMC students going to such campuses as Columbia, Stanford, Juilliard, and Howard University in Washington, D.C., a prestigious, historically black college.

UCLA continues to be the most popular destination for SMC students, with more than half of the UC transfers – 515 – going to the Westwood campus. Berkeley, Irvine, and San Diego are the next most popular destinations, in that order.

Nannini attributed SMC’s strong transfer record to a wide range of factors: keeping SMC’s transfer reputation in the spotlight, recruiting good students, giving strong academic counseling to students that helps make them attractive to admissions offices, and outstanding professors.

In addition, Nannini pointed out that the college has a strong transfer counseling record. SMC’s Transfer Center conducts workshops, hosts one of the largest college fairs in the state, holds weekly visits from four-year institutions, and has a close working relationship with UC and CSU to make sure SMC students get credit for their classes.


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